Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
One of the reasons I like the instructor is his view of physics in film. Some scientist see the errors in a movie, "That's not possible, it is against the laws of physics." On the other hand, Muller seeks to use physics to explain how that could possibly happen, he enjoys the movie :). A lot of people think Superman's X-ray vision is bogus because it is protrade like we see x-rays in a doctors office, but if Superman's eyes could eminate x-ray they he would truely be seeing a different specrum, something like when they x-ray you at the airport.
I've learned how heat pumps and refrigerators work. Why the Mini requires high octane gas. What makes a black hole black. The folly of developing a personal battery powered car given current technology. How airplanes fly (it is NOT from low pressure above the wing). Why the old VW bug got such great gas millage, can you explain air cooled?
The first 10 minutes of each podcast are full of wonderful and interesting things. Prof. Muller gets to class early to answer any questions posed by students. We learn a lot quickly and have our appetite whet for future lectures as well.
The first few lectures were very difficult to hear because of poor audio quality but they seem to be getting better. Maybe it is just me learning not to try to listen when driving over 45 MPH. He also spends several minutes a class attempting to debug an electronic quiz taking technology that I see is not being used this semester.
Prof. Richard Muller has written a book to go with the class; Physics for Future Presidents by Richard Muller.
Friday, January 26, 2007
- Its a TV show.
- All the recipes that I have made turn out well and taste incredible.
- It has a couple of Hitchcockian blondes.
- They test equipment objectively.
- They think like software test engineers.
- Quick tips that are useful and make me appear smart when I use them.
- Scientific explanations of what is going on with food.
- Sharon likes it when I cook for her and the Test Kitchen inspires me.
- Cook's magazine compliments it via content and format.
- They cook to eat and enjoy both the cooking and the eating. They don't get side tracked attempting to preach diet and nutrition. Or as Jackie says, "Real food that real people eat."
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Recipes to use the new pot:
"Everyone must leave something behind when he dies. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime." From Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, 1953.Remember, be here now. Just stand. Don't do anything. Be yourself, not what you think you should be, not what you think I want to you be, just be yourself, nothing else. Just stand. (Fong Ha paraphrased, 2004) On the book CD read by Mr. Bradbury he pronounced the title as Fahrenheit 4 - 5 - 1 not